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Judge Says Companies Have The Right To Prohibit Hijabs On the Job

A woman in Belgium who converted to Islam became embroiled in a legal battle with her employer. She thought she had a good case and took it all the way up to the Supreme Court-- and lost.

Samira Achbita worked at the 4X British Security firm for three years without incident. When the receptionist converted to Islam, she knew the company had policies against head gear, and a policy against wearing clothing that displayed religious or political affiliation. Still, Achbita expected
special treatment.

When her employer refused to give her special treatment, Achbita threatened to sue the company and took her case to court. A judge dismissed it. She wasn't satisfied, so she took her case to the Court of Cassation, the supreme court. She sued her company for discrimination and asked for thousands of dollars in damages.

Achbita not only lost, she lost big. Not only would she not be getting any money out of the ordeal, she also wasn't going to get special privileges to wear her hijab on the job.

On top of that, the judge ruled that no EU employer is required to make headscarf exemptions for Muslim employees. If company policy consistently bans religious or political garments across the board, they need not make any exceptions for any group.

Achbita was not happy about the ruling, and said she would rather not work than go to work without a head scarf. “That to me is the same as going to work without pants or sweater. I’d rather die,” Achbita complained.

There’s nothing unfair about equal treatment. When you can’t comply with a company policy, you don’t selfishly sue the company; you find another job.

Source: Mad World News

Photo: News Yahoo, Euracitv

Woman sues company over hijab policy, loses big time.

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